Raising a Powerful Girl
Summary: A Podcast for Girls AND their Parents. Join Founder Maria Fuller and some incredible guests on this show which takes a look at issues girls face today such as mental health, executive functioning, emotional intelligence, leadership, grit and what it takes to be a "Powerful Girl today" and more!
A powerful girl is also a kind and compassionate girl. She is the one to stick up for a friend or sit with that person who is by themself at the lunch table. The powerful girl is the one who leads her class in helping others, not always vocally but also through her actions. It is more important than ever that we teach our girls the importance of kindness and through this we are raising powerful girls.Sitinee Sheffert is a social entrepreneur, blogger and speaker with a passion for empowering kids to make a difference. She is the founder of Giving Artfully, a platform to connect crafters with volunteer opportunities, and Giving Artfully Kids, a program that inspires kids to spread kindness through crafting-based service projects. More than 500 students have participated in her programs, donating over 3000 items to communities and charities worldwide. The mission at Giving Artfully Kids is to inspire/empower kids to spread kindness and give to others. Sitinee has been a featured TEDx speaker and has also spoken at several other conferences and parent education workshops. She has been a guest blogger for Scary Mommy and YFS Magazine.
Our girls are bombarded with messages every day there is only one way to be "female." Often these images and messages are over-sexualized and hyper-focused on appearance. When we host gender reveal parties that offer "Guns or Glitter," to the sexes, we rob children of the chance to be diverse, complicated humans; choosing instead how they will fulfill our gendered expectations. Think or Blue is a community of parents, teachers, grandparents and family members seeking a rainbow of options for children in a pink and blue world. Gender stereotypes start young, now in the womb, and impact the way we raise our children and the way children develop. The marketing of books, toys, and clothes has become increasingly gendered in the last couple of decades. Pink and blue are no longer colors; they have become personalities and lifestyles. If we stick to outdated stereotypes that girls are sweet, delicate and caring, while boys are active, adventurous leaders, we limit their potential as adults and as humans. Our Guest today is Catherine Bailey. Catherine is the founder of Think or Blue, a community of parents, teachers, and family who believe that children thrive best in a world free from gender stereotypes. Raised in the 1980's on Free to Be You and Me, Catherine has feminism running in her blood. A former lawyer, she works at a nonprofit organization that empowers and advocates for women and girls through direct service and policy advocacy on topics such as pay equity, paid family and medical leave, and preventing violence and harassment.With her sister, Jackie, she co-authored the 5 Day Reboot to Raising Confident Girls to help parents boost girls' body image, foster authenticity and individuality, and teach their children the power of advocacy and collective action.
Who is the Sumatoo Girl?She is smart, she loves school, and loves to read. She is an athlete. She is an artist. She may be a girly girl but, she isn't afraid to get down and dirty. She can go from sweats and sneakers to a dress and shoes in a heartbeat. Her fashion sense is classy with an edge. She is a sweetheart with a little bit of sass! Sumatoo was founded in 2016 By Nicole Benjamin with the intention of encouraging young girls to love themselves, discover their potential, and realize that the sky is the limit. SUmatoo wanst to give girls a fun and fashionable way to express themselves. Nicole has a degree in Fashion Merchandising Management from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology(FIT) in New York City. She has over 15 years of experience in the fashion industry including, interning at Kenneth Cole, Product Development at Tommy Hilfiger, and Merchandising at the Asia Society Museum. She also owned an online children's boutique, Tyler & Madison. Nicole's focus is making sure the best quality fabrics are sourced and that all styles are the most comfortable for our customers. She want all girls look and feel great while dressing age appropriate. Nicole wants the Sumatoo logo and brand to represent fun, trendy, and unique looks; amazing quality with great comfort; and most importantly, empowering and encouraging young girls to know their worth!
Our guest today is Melody Pourmoradi. Melody has been coaching women for over a decade on how to create a vision for their best life. She thrives on sharing her message of self-empowerment and a wellness-centered living through her writing. As the creator of the GiRLiFE Empowerment, she has created a digital course that teaches women how to create girls empowerment groups in their own communities. Her greatest goal is for every young girl and women to find her own voice and live a life that lights her up from the inside-out. She has just released her first book “xoxo, from a girl who gets it: life notes for the young girl within.” Melody is married to the love of her life and together they are the proud parents of twin girls.
Marian Bacol-Uba is a transformation coach, holistic health and wellness expert, and a certified pranayama and meditation teacher. She empowers women to transform trauma into triumphs, heal themselves from within, and create a thriving life in mind, body, and soul with clarity and confidence.Years ago, although Marian had a great marketing career, she still felt unfulfilled, unhappy, anxious and dealt with her PTSD and depression through alcohol and substance abuse. It wasn’t until an overdose and out-of-body, near-death experience that she finally WOKE UP! She was given a second chance at life and began her spiritual journey. Now, she is writing her forthcoming book “Survivor to Thriver” that talks about her journey of overcoming childhood sexual abuse, substance/alcohol abuse and traditional cultural norms to living a thriving life of health and wellness for the mind, body and spirit. She hopes that by sharing her story and journey, others can also find healing, transformation and empowerment.
New Generation Parenting transcends that gap between boys and girls in terms of how we relate to them. Purely because it honours the child as a living being, as a soul, an equal with their own feelings, opinions and so on.Our Guest today is Paulina is the founder of New Generation Parenting which is an online Tribe for moms wishing to parent more consciously; find more connection with their child and with the Universe, and to use spiritual tools and insights for their family to thrive. Paulina is also an aspiring parenting author, currently writing her first book. She is a mummy to two sons.
Our Guest today is Pam Johnson. Pam has been singing since she was able to talk, which was somewhat frustrating for her mother when she would try to sing her to sleep and she would instead sing along. Pam started singing lessons when she was 16 and continued through college, gaining a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal PerformanceAs a mother to a daughter as well, Pam thinks it is essential that girls’ voices are heard. The doors that were just being opened to women when she went into the work world needs to be held open and walked through by the next generation of women. If a girl’s voice is too soft or too high, she won’t be taken seriously. If her voice is stuffed down in her throat, much of what she is saying won’t be heard. Pam teaches women how to have a powerful voice that will draw a listener in and make them take
For many women we have been told how to think, what to wear and how to behave from a very early age and so many of our current beliefs and ways of thinking have been ingrained in us from early childhood. These social parameters placed on us, even the most subliminal ones, have created behaviors and ways of thinking for women that has chameleon-ed us into alternate forms of ourselves unable to fully express our true authenticity because it goes against everything we have been taught as a young child and is a method of emotional and physical self preservation. This has led to many women, especially women entrepreneurs and leaders, to question themselves, to shut down theirintuition and inner voice and feel lost, misunderstood and out of place in the world.Join founder Maria Fuller and entrepreneur Jaime Sullivan in an intimate conversation on women empowerment, woman in business, personal development, women leadership and the power of women centered communities.
Our guest today Megan Grassel. When Megan was 17 years old she took her little sister Mary Margaret shopping for her first Bra. They scoured the mall to find a product that she was excited about, but ended up being completely appalled at all of the bra options that were not only available for her little sister, but also marketed to her and girls her age. Padding, push-up features and underwire galore… Megan could not believe that these were the bras that girls were supposed to wear! She saw something wrong with that entire experience. In fact, it was a day that she could not stop thinking about. Why wasn’t there just a cute, colorful and comfortable bra for Mary Margaret to fit her and her body, not the body that she was “supposed” to have? The answer was that there simply wasn’t one. That is when Megan realized that if no one else was going to make bras specifically for girls, then she was going to find a way to do it herself. Armed with her own hand-drawn pattern on her dad’s yellow legal pad and the small savings she had earned from her summer job bussing tables, she moved forward with this idea. As a junior in high school in 2014, Megan founded , Yellowberry, to change the bra industry for girls." In 2014, Megan was selected as one of TIME Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Teens and included on Huffington Post’s list of 14 Most Fearless Teens. In 2015, Megan was named one of the 24 Millennials to Watch by Yahoo. In 2016 Megan was named one of Forbes Magazines 30 under 30. She has been featured in countless media outlets including The TODAY Show, The New York Times, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Seventeen and Teen Vogue among others. r
The middle school years, we know from experience and research, are the most trying times. It’s where we can lose site of our inner self, our dreams and desires. Girls leave after 5 days of GEMS Camp with confidence and compassion knowing more about themselves and how to interpret and interact with her world. Each girl is encouraged to explore and express her felinity without scarfing her rugged strength. Curiosity is encouraged as she embarks on challenging activities as learning opportunities. Each girl is encouraged to share her voice, to speak freely sharing ideas and insights while respecting the same in fellow GEMS. We challenge the girls boundaries of the comfort zones in act deed and thought. Most importantly the girls learn to live their “backcountry” and “front country” life the GEMS Way! (The GEMS Way is code of conduct promoting courage, confidence and compassion in the the way we think, feel and act.)
Our guest today is Sarah Beach, founder, editor and publisher of “STRONG The Magazine for Girls”. Beach was brought up during the Thatcher years in the 1980s in the UK. With a woman in power, Beach believed she could do or be anything she wanted to be. At age 22, with a degree in Politics and History from the University of Keele under her belt, she moved to London where she became one of the youngest Parliamentary Advisers in Westminster.Now a mother to three kids, a boy and two girls, Beach stopped paid work when she had her son in 2003, choosing to stay home and raise her family. Throughout the early years of her children’s lives, Beach remained active in the community, writing newsletters for the local NCT (National Childbirth Trust), helping out on the PTA when the kids were in pre-school and elementary, and running a Girl Scout troop. To this day she serves on the board of directors for her local children's theater. She also worked as a pre-school teacher for three years.By early 2017, as her two daughters were growing up, Beach was becoming increasingly alarmed about the impact society was having on them and their hopes and dreams for the future. Against the backdrop of a changing America, she decided to create a new publication aimed at empowering and inspiring tween and teen girls. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the first issue of STRONG was published in September 2017. STRONG focuses on presenting strong female role models, as well as teaching girls practical skills to encourage independence. It also focuses on responsibility, encouraging girls to take responsibility for their own bodies and minds, and tolerance, with regular articles focusing on girls from other countries and cultures. STRONG encourages girls to be confident to be themselves, and to be the best version of themselves.
Our guest today is Sheri West. Sheri has over 20 years of executive finance and leadership development experience. Her education includes a BA Finance and Masters of Human Resources and Leadership Development from Michigan State University. Ms. West spent 15 years as a finance executive at General Electric Co.,where she was actively involved in the GE Women’s Network as a mentor. Four years ago, she founded LiveGirl to “pay it forward” and prepare the next generation of female leaders. Research shows that girls are twice as depressed, anxious and stressed out as boys. 7 out of 10 girls feel that they are not enough or don’t measure up in some way, no matter how many achievements they rack up. In the so-called age of girl power, girls are still trying to fit a perfect mold of pleasing others and looking sexy. They are striving for unattainable perfection and avoiding risks. LiveGirl has shown sheri how vulnerable today’s girls are as they face adolescent pressures magnified by social media and role overload. LiveGirl’s mission is to empower girls through year-round leadership development and mentorship. Their programs build social emotional intelligence and self-esteem which equip girls to have a positive impact on the world. Specifically, they focus on surrounding their girls with a positive community. They teach girls how to cultivate healthy and positive relationships. They teach them NOT to compare themselves to others, but rather to embrace their quirky, original selves. Live Girl also surrounds girls with positive role models. Their professional mentors lead our 10-week after school mentoring groups + they feature accomplished female professionals at all of our leadership summits and summer camp. These role models help girls explore what’s possible and discover their best selves.
Our guest today is Cat Stack. Cat grew up in Long Island, New York and moved to Portland in 1994. She is a single mom of 2 kids, who are 20 and 17. After majoring in Spanish at Arizona State University, she became a flight attendant and had a 21 year career, with Pan Am and then Delta. IN 2009, unnemployed and divorced, Cat moved through several career changes until finally realizing her dream of becoming a life coach. She brings 9 years experience volunteering with a personal growth workshop and a training as a CoActive coach to her business.Through the many challenges of life as a single parent Cat discovered her gift for finding her way in times of crisis. No matter what happened or how difficult the situation, she always finds clarity and a way through the chaos. Cat has a passion of working with the parents of suicidal teens, knowing firsthand how great the need is. Parenting teens is tough. Through her coaching Cat helps parents find their power and inner strength to be the solid, loving parent their teen needs during the most difficult of times.
Molly Wills is an entrepreneur at heart with a passion towards the arts, fashion, travel and, most of all, empowering and mentoring girls. She founded The Waverly Project in 2012 after being inspired by many female mentors in her life that helped realize her own creative passions. The Waverly Project connects young girls and women through creative projects and experiences called “Tours” with a mission to empower girls to find their passions, build confidence and think globally.The Waverly Tours are designed by Wills for elementary school girls to high school age girls. Each Tour is led by Molly or another female role model that shares her story on topics ranging from business, culture, cuisine to fashion and leads the girls in a creative project that inspires and educates. Each girl must sign a code of kindness that Molly has created to foster a positive and respectful community.Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Wills has established new roots in Greenwich, CT where she currently resides. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, Molly started her career in art and fashion, with two years at the Polo Ralph Lauren Fashion House. Molly’s passion for travel and service led her to work closely with organizations such as Eschool 4 girls in New York City, South African Orphanage and Empowers Africa Foundation, all of whom she still supports today with her Waverly girls.The Waverly project is based inGreenwich, CT in addition to travel tours that take place at local businesses and studios. Waverly has hosted pop-up tours in New York City, London and South Africa with plans to expand to other cities.Wills also founded The Waverly Foundation to provide resources and support for girls around the world. Waverly raises money to provide Waverly Tours to girls in underserved communities as well as for orphan girls in Africa and other parts of the world.
My Guest today is Ellen Schaeffer,. Ellen is an artist with a background in theater design and community arts development. She launched Persistent Sisters, which produces women's history trading cards, in 2017. The mother of a 12 year old daughter, Schaeffer could not find many women-centered products for middle age school girls. Putting her project development and artistic skills together, she completed a successful Kickstarter campaign in November and produced the first series of trading cards, with three new sets on the way this spring. With a broad library of accomplished women spanning the fields of science, exploration, writing, mathematics, art and more, Schaeffer hopes that Persistent Sisters trading cards will inspire all girls to find their passion and make it a reality. They CAN be what they CAN see!